Bangladesh news April 3, 2013

Former Bangladesh player Mazharul Haque dies of heart attack

Former Bangladesh cricketer Mazharul Haque died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Mazharul, 32, collapsed while playing badminton in his hometown of Narayanganj, and died by the time he reached the hospital.

One of his friends, Raju, had been with him at the time. He said that Mazharul had completed his evening exercise before getting ready to play badminton at nine 'o'clock. "He was standing near the court where I was playing. Suddenly he collapsed... we took him to the hospital immediately, but the doctors declared him dead," Raju said.

Mazharul played just one ODI, against Australia in the 2002 Champions Trophy. He played first-class cricket till 2004, after which he worked in several areas, including the Bangladesh Cricket Board, where he was the tournament manager. Most recently he had worked for an education website.

Known for his strong technique and powerful shots square of the wicket, Mazharul was one of the most talented batsmen of his generation. He was a hit in the age-group structure, as well as the Dhaka Premier League. He was one of the first Bangladeshi entrants in the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy in Australia in 1999.

Mazharul is survived by his wife and four-year old daughter.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    May Allah give strength to his Mother, wife and daughter....

  • Md. Mahbubur on April 4, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    This is really sad :( Rest in peace.

  • Mahmudul on April 4, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Rest in peace......We all have to go.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    He was so young! This is really sad for the nation but more so for the family. May he rest in peace

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Saddened to hear heart goes to his wife and daughter...may Allah grant peace to the departed soul...our prayers will always be with him and his family. RIP

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